Research finds bullying has long-term health consequences
A child bullied over a longer time period can suffer severe and lasting effects on their health, new research shows.
The research, conducted by the Boston's Children's Hospital and published in Pediatrics, is the first to look at the long-term impact of bullying from elementary to high school.
"Our research shows that long-term bullying has a severe impact on a child's overall health, and that its negative effects can accumulate and get worse with time," lead researcher Laura Bogart stated.
Bogart added that the research shows the need for bullying intervention earlier in order to prevent lasting damage down the road.
The researchers followed 4,297 students from Grade 5 to 10, interviewing them about mental and physical health and experiences with bullying.
The students who experienced bullying at any age had worse mental and physical health, more depressive symptoms and lower self worth, the researchers found.